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What is the incubation period for flu this fall?

What is the incubation period for flu this fall?

Average 2 days: The typical incubation period for influenza is 1—4 days (average: 2 days). Adults shed influenza virus from the day before symptoms begin through 5—10 days after illness onset. However, the amount of virus shed, and presumably infectivity, decreases rapidly by 3—5 days after onset in an experimental human infection model. ...Read more

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How long is the average incubation period for the flu?

How long is the average incubation period for the flu?

...: The incubation period for the flu is between 1-4 days. This means that people can pass along the flu to others before they even know they are sick, as well spread the flu to others for 5-7 days after becoming sick. Washing your hands often and getting the flu vaccine are ways you can protect yourself from the flu. ...Read more

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Exposed to someone with the flu 4 days ago. How long is incubation period? Are we in the clear?

Exposed to someone with the flu 4 days ago. How long is incubation period? Are we in the clear?

A few days: The typical incubation period for influenza is 1-4 days (average: 2 days). Adults can be infectious from 1 day before onset of symptoms to 5-7 days after illness onset. Influenza is more infectious in children than adults. ...Read more

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I have flu & my kids (9&6) have been exposed. They haven't had the shot yet. Will flu shots prevent sickness during incubation period?

I have flu & my kids (9&6) have been exposed. They haven't had the shot yet. Will flu shots prevent sickness during incubation period?

Not likely: The common practice is to use a preventive dose of tamiflu (oseltamivir) for close family contacts of confirmed cases. The flu shot will not trigger protective antibody levels for at least 2wks after dosing. ...Read more

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Flu incubation period is usually2 days. Is that the 24 to 48 hour window? My parents were exposed 7pm today worried about my baby being exposed xmaseve

Flu incubation period is usually2 days. Is that the 24 to 48 hour window? My parents were exposed 7pm today worried about my baby being exposed xmaseve

Tough season: It's a very heavy flu season in most of the country. Anticipate the possibility that anybody and everybody could be infectious. For babies, very careful hand washing and limiting direct face to face contact may help prevent transmission, but even the face mask shown above has limited benefit if somebody is "really sick." The very young, < 6 months, are at highest risk and can't be vaccinated. ...Read more

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What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

Swine flu revisited: Swine flu is one of the flu variants that has developed over the last 5-10 years. It just as contagious as the regular flu. As a matter of fact it is a component of this years flu shot and we considerate to be about 85percent effective. ...Read more

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If my two year old has type b flu and his temp is at 103.5 is that bad?

Fever is expected: High fevers are expected with flu type a and flu type b. The most important thing to do is keep your child comfortable during the fever and make sure he stays hydrated. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin to help bring the fever down and make sure he drinks plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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If I have had my flu shot is it ok to be around a child with type b flu?

If I have had my flu shot is it ok to be around a child with type b flu?

Not necessarily: Influenza vaccine may or may not cover each of the influenza viruses currently circulating in the community, and some people do not necessarily develop complete immunity to the strains contained within the vaccine. If you know that an individual with whom you are going to be in contact has influenza and you can avoid contact that would be the safest course of action. ...Read more

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What is the difference between type a flu and type b flu? What are the symptoms?

What is the difference between type a flu and type b flu? What are the symptoms?

For more info CDC: Influenza type a is bird flu. Influenza type b infects humans and seals. Places where b strains have been are: shanghai, yamagata, hong kong, and victoria. To find more info best to contact cdc.
Both type a & b have the same flu symptoms. High fever,
severe aches and pains,
generalized weakness.
Diagnosed by culture. If u have flu symptoms please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to get 2 different types of "flu" within 2/3 weeks?

Can you explain if it's possible to get 2 different types of "flu" within 2/3 weeks?

Yes: It is possible. There are 3 types of flu - A, B, and C. Most infections are of type A. Each type has different strains that mutate all the time. That is why you need a new flu shot every year. So, yes, you could be exposed to two different strains and/or two different types of flu within 2 weeks. Developing immunity after surviving one strain doesn't always protect you from another. ...Read more

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I have had flu type symptoms about 4 days every week for 2 months, what could it be?

I have had flu type symptoms about 4 days every week for 2 months, what could it be?

Flu like symptoms: If you are a women, this may be related to your menstrual cycle. Perhaps you have a hormonal problem. Keep records of these symptoms and if they continue see your doctor. ...Read more

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I got a flu. What type of fruits I should buy?

Viral illness: Fruits or sugars are calories. They do not have any medicinal qualities to help cure viral illnesses. ...Read more

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Is sars a type of flu? What is the cure?

Is sars a type of flu? What is the cure?

2 different viruses: Sars was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in hong kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. Influenza virus is entirely different species of virus. There is no cure for sars it is treated by supportive measures. Corticosteroids, Alpha interferon and lopinavir/ritonavir have been used. ...Read more

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What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

What types of foods are safe/unsafe while having the stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to eggs, is there a type of flu shot that I can get?

I'm allergic to eggs, is there a type of flu shot that I can get?

Depends...: The cdc changed their recommendation based on studies which show safety in people with mild egg allergies who get hives, but have not had anaphylaxis. With mild egg allergy, the person should be watched carefully for 30 minutes after the shot and it should be given by a physician with experience dealing with such people. For more information: http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6033a3.Htm. ...Read more

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My little boy that's 11 was diagnosed with type a flu today. I haven't felt good for a year is their anything I can do to try to keep from it?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): Your doc may be willing to provide you with tamiflu (oseltamivir).This medication taken once daily has shown some efficiency in preventing or diminishing the intensity of the flu if you are heavily exposed. ...Read more

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What are the differences between swine flu and other types of the flu?

What are the differences between swine flu and other types of the flu?

Different strains: There are a large number of different varieties of influenza virus that have natural affinity for different species. Bird flu and swine flu are two such strains. The animal viruses occasionally acquire the ability to infect humans. ...Read more

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What are the different types of flu. Does the vaccine I received protect me?

What are the different types of flu. Does the vaccine I received protect me?

Too numerous: 60% effective predicted this year but variable with ingredients and what flu gets spread!! ...Read more

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What type of pathogen causes the bird flu?

What type of pathogen causes the bird flu?

The bird flu. ..: That is being talked about is an influenza a virus of the h5n1 serotype. Most flu viruses that are not h 1, 2 or 3 are not human pathogens but this one can be. To this point, it still does not spread well from person to person. ...Read more

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Have flu type a. How will I know when I'm no longer contagious?

Have flu type a. How will I know when I'm no longer contagious?

Usually 5 days: Studies show that most healthy adults may be able to infect others from 1 day prior to becoming sick and for 5 days after they first develop symptoms. Coughing, runny nose and sneezing are symptoms that help the virus to spread. ...Read more

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Have type a flu, when can I expect the fever to go away. Been taking everything to get it to break?

Have type a flu, when can I expect the fever to go away. Been taking everything to get it to break?

Influenza: Usually resolves in 1-2 weeks. Cool compresses along with alternating NSAID & tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4-6 hours (if fever over 101º). If symptoms getting worse, or developing difficulty breathing, see doc 2 b checked for pneumonia, which may complicate flu. Advise yearly flu shot for prevention. If other medical problems, see doc as soon as flu symptoms start to get antiviral med. ...Read more

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My 11 year old son tested positive today for type a flu. Is it possible to get it this time of the year? Or misdiagnoses?

High false-positives: It is theoretically positive to get influenza type a during august (see http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/weekly/), but the chance that the rapid flu test reported a false positive is quite high. See http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/rapidlab. Htm for a nice explanation. A more specific test could be done to confirm, but it probably is not worth it. ...Read more